nutritional information

Per 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 31 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Overnight Chai Steel-Cut Oats

Serves 4

Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor Aisha Bahrami created this delicious no-cook oatmeal by accident: “I put all my ingredients into a pot for breakfast, got a phone call, and totally forgot about it,” she says.
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup hemp milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger or 1 Tbs. crystallized ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup, optional
  • 1 Tbs. shredded coconut, optional
  • 1 Tbs. chopped pistachios, optional

1. Combine oats, hemp milk, chia seeds, cardamom, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and maple syrup (if using) in glass jar with lid. Stir, close lid, and refrigerate overnight.

2. Open lid, stir, and sprinkle with coconut and pistachios, if using.

January/February 2012 p.10

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Chai refers to the comination of cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, nutmeg, and black pepper. Chai literally translates to Tea. So in this use the oatmeal will taste like a chai

Greengirlp - 2014-09-02 15:50:30

Looks almost identical to my usual breakfast. Having said that, I believe it is important to soak the oats separately with a tablespoon of Raw apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of spelt flour in warm filtered water to help reduce the phytic acid. Then just drain and rinse with filtered water.

Shane - 2014-03-20 20:38:43

The recipe uses many of the same spices that give chai tea its flavor: cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. The fact that the recipe also uses chia seeds does make it look like it could be a typo, though! :)

vt_editor - 2014-02-17 15:39:58

Sounds good, but what is chai about this?? Typo?

JN - 2014-02-17 13:19:17

That sounds really good. I may try that on a warmer day. Just not mid winter.

thomas bailey - 2014-02-12 15:56:12

Don't you have to cook the steel cut oats ahead of time?

lisa - 2014-02-06 17:13:32

vegan oatmeal recipie

Elizabeth - 2013-12-26 00:15:10

This recipe has become a family favorite. Try it!

AMC - 2013-11-07 06:12:45


Pat - 2013-09-21 12:18:01

When heating it up, the consistency is rather thick. Eaten as is, the amount of liquid was just right. Didn't have cardamom on hand, but this was really good. Perfect for an Autumn morning.

Jazzi who - 2013-09-06 11:32:27

This was wonderful loved the crunch of the oatmeal, no need to cook was delicious .

Patti - 2013-08-22 21:14:34


Ann Champigny - 2013-07-29 02:54:11


Suzanne - 2013-06-10 11:54:56

Is there a typo? "Chai " and "chia" aren't the same thing, are they?

Pamela - 2013-01-29 06:36:33

I love this recipe! It is so easy and my kids love it and request it regularly! I use rice milk and I do use a little more than the recipe calls for. I have added all the optional ingredients except the coconut and it always turns out great. I omit the pepper for my children but I don't mind it in mine. I could always add it later if I wanted. Thank you for this recipe. I cherish it!

Ashley - 2012-10-24 16:50:29